Home Folder on Samba4

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The home folder is generally a users default directory which contains his or her personal files, programs, e.t.c whenever he/she logs in to the network. It is sometimes called the login directory. In this guide, “Home Folder on Samba4 “, we will follow best practice and avoid using the samba built-in [homes] section that dynamically shares the home directory to all users. According to samba documentation, https://wiki.samba.org/index.php/User_Home_Folders, using the home section, will involve some workaround and we may have to create each users home directory manually. Also, the [home] feature is currently not supported in the samba4 active directory domain controller.

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Setting Up A Share on Samba4 Active Directory Domain Controller

Setting Up A Share on Samba4 Active Directory Domain Controller
In previous guides, we learnt how to install samba4 on a new debian server. We also learnt how to manage(add users, computers, GPO e.t.c) our samba4 active directory server using rsat on windows.

In this guide, we will do some more by enabling  file sharing capabilities on samba4 active directory controller. This guide will aim to enable file sharing on the domain controller, much like on a windows domain controller.

Note: This may not be the best practice. I feel that it will be better to setup a seperate file server using samba4 or windows server flavors. However, we will go on with setting up a file share on our active directory server for a small office network.

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INSTALLING AND CONFIGURING UNIVENTION CORPORATE SERVER – ANOTHER ALTERNATIVE TO MICROSOFT ACTIVE DIRECTORY SERVER

Univention corporate server also code-named UCS IS AN integrated identity and infrastructure management system that makes it easy to administrate applications, users and resources. Their website also claims that all “Server and desktop solutions can be administrated centrally and across different locations and platforms via an easy-to-use web interface”m

Visit https://www.univention.com/products/ucs/ for a more indepth look at this server for the home or corporate environments.

The univention corporate server comes with basically 4 editions or subscription levels.
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Authenticating Active Directory Server users to Openfire Server

Authenticating Active Directory Server users to Openfire Server

In a previous guide, we successfully installed openfire and made some basic configuration to our openfire server. We have even gone further to login users added manually to our server. The bad news though, is that, manually adding users to our openfire server can be a hassle if we have a very large network of users.

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JOIN UBUNTU DESKTOP TO SAMBA4 ACTIVE DIRECTORY

JOIN UBUNTU DESKTOP TO SAMBA4 ACTIVE DIRECTORY

No matter how hard you try, you may never be able to fully escape the tight hold of Microsoft windows either as servers or desktop components. You may have a backend of Linux server either as active directory servers, email servers, instant messenging servers, but you may still need your end users windows machines to be integrated with these backend. Some of the guides listed below can help us do just that:

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Manage Samba4 DNS, Group Policy Using RSAT

Manage Samba4 DNS, Group Policy Using RSAT
In a previous guide, Manage Samba4 Active Directory Using RSAT on windows 7, we installed RSAT tool on a windows system and used it to manage our samba4 server and we where successfull in adding users and computers onto the network.

In this guide, https://topnetworkguide.com/manage-samba4-dns-group-policy-using-rsat/, we are going to add DNS records such as forward lookup zones and reverse lookup zones to test that our samba4 server which is also the dns server is able to resolve hostnames to ip address and vice versa.

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